Waheed Arshad

Waheed Arshad

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Profile Display Name:
Waheed Arshad
E-mail Address:
waheed.arshad.2016@live.rhul.ac.uk
Start Year

2015 (Cohort 2)

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PhD Project
PhD Title
Dimorphic fruits, seeds and seedlings in Aethionema arabicum as adaptation mechanisms to abiotic stress in unpredictable environments
Research Theme
Evolution and Adaptation
Primary Supervisor

Gerhard Leubner

Primary Institution
RHUL
Secondary Supervisor

Wolfgang Stuppy

Secondary Institution
KEW
Abstract

Diaspore heteromorphism occurs in a number of angiosperm families. One species exhibiting this phenomenon is Aethionema arabicum, an annual in the Brassicaceae. It has the remarkable ability to produce two distinct fruits, which contain two different types of seed, on the same inflorescence. This project will elucidate the morphological, biomechanical and molecular mechanisms of diasporic traits in Ae. arabicum, as well as the evolutionary diversification of heterodiaspory in other members of the Brassicaceae family. The work will build on resources and knowledge from the ERA-CAPS SeedAdapt project (www.seedadapt.eu), and will establish how heterodiaspory functions as a “bet-hedging” strategy in variable and unpredictable environments.

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Activities
Conferences and Workshops
  • SeedAdapt Consortium Meeting (Osnabruck, Germany) (November 2016). Talk
  • SeedAdapt Consortium Meeting (RHUL) (July 2017). Talk

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